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    Instance vs Example

    What is the difference between "instance" and "example"?
    ex:
    Can you give me an example of this matter?
    or
    Can you give me an instance of this matter?

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    Re: Instance vs Example

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    What is the difference between "instance" and "example"?
    ex:
    Can you give me an example of this matter?
    or
    Can you give me an instance of this matter?
    Here they aren't interchangeable. They have different meanings here. And "instance" isn't equal to "example" here. For example and for instance can be equal.


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    Re: Instance vs Example

    So,how are they different?

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    Re: Instance vs Example

    Hi Belly

    To me, if you ask someone for "an instance", you are asking them to tell you about something that actually happened -- something real.

    If you ask for an "an example", it might be something real or something theoretical which serves as an illustration of something.

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